Weeping Water Nebraska





NOVEMBER 11, 2013


            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on November 11, 2013 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller. Absent: None. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the November 7, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the October 14, 2013 meeting were approved as presented.

            Under Open Forum two individuals addressed the Council to apologize for some of the recent vandalism to city property and to offer rectification for the same.

            Monthly Reports: Fire Department-Four calls during the month. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the resignation of Don Roche and the application of Adam Zierott to the Manley division of the Rural Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. Following review of the Maintenance Report, presented by Kurt Powles, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to revise the previous request to purchase 25 gallons of ice melt alternative to 60 gallons to expand the coverage area. Motion carried unanimously. It was agreed to place flags on the stop signs at the intersection of West H and Commercial Street due to complaints of vehicles failing to stop at said area. Bruce Sorensen provided copies of the Water/Wastewater Report for review, after which it was noted that PeopleService advised that as they were able to stay under the proposed maintenance cap for the contract period, a refund check in the amount of $3,728 has been issued to the City. Representatives of the Health Board provided an updated report on the Chambers property, following a recent inspection. It was agreed to request an updated “time line” for compliance even though it was noted that considerable measures had been completed to date.

            Under Old Business, updates were provided on the NDEQ Planning Grant for Water Improvements and the Recycling Grant. Discussion was held regarding specific alley access, with no further action being taken and proposed golf cart regulations, with action being tabled for further review. As there were no additional insurance benefits to the fire extinguisher proposal, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Miller to deny said proposal. Motion carried unanimously.

            Joe Dixon of Zito Media addressed the city’s concerns with cable television service in Weeping Water, and vowed to improve on communication and services, which he noted may have recently faltered due to complete reorganization of the company.

            The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 613

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, TO ADD SECTION 93.12 TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER CODE OF ORDINANCES TO ESTABLISH REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WIPERS IN THE WEEPING WATER CITY LAKES; TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES OR SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 613 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

            A request for additional street lights in two specific areas was addressed, with action being tabled for further review.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to place “Emergency Personnel Parking Only” signs along the west side of the Fire Barn. Motion carried unanimously.

            Copies of the fiscal year accounting of the Library Donation Fund were presented for Council review.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to deny the request to enter into the proposed Five City Interlocal Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the proposal of Cross Dillon Tire for the purchase of four used tires, rims and chains for the dump truck at a cost of $1,001.38. Motion carried unanimously.

            It was agreed to pursue recent information received regarding funds available for infrastructure projects through the Nebraska Department of Roads “Safe Routes Nebraska” Program.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to go into executive session at 7:48 p.m., for the purpose of annual salary reviews. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to come out of executive session and resume the regular meeting at 8:24 p.m.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the proposed salary increases for year round employees, which reflect an overall average increase of 3.38%. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the following claims: Salaries-10,456.66; Ameritas, emp ret-1,325.74; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-178.46, OPPD-4,458.71, Windstream-704.80, Verizon-116.45; D. Hall, animal cont-500.00; EFTPS, whlg-2,823.40; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-315.70; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,455.73; PeopleService, prof-13,186.00; Post Office, pstg-230.00; Farmers & Merchants Bank, equip loan pmts & s/c-13,802.64; Nebraska Department of Revenue, whlg, sales tax-1,761.81; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-5,215.19; WW Foods, sup-57.25; Miller Monroe Farrell, bond prem-100.00; Dana F. Cole & Assoc., prof-1,125.00; Reliable, off sup-276.92; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-682.48; Keckler Oil Co., rep-18.75; Meeske Auto Supply, rep-84.96; L. Sorensen, trkg-89.40; Kerford Limestone, sup-432.10; Wex Bank, fuel-234.52; CRA Payment Center, rep-148.77; Terminix, maint-213.00; Print Like Flint, sup-70.00; Bauers Trucking, sup/trkg-779.08; NMC Exchange, rep-1,726.76; Nebr. Salt & Grain, sup-1,464.56; Olsson Associates, prof-3,050.00; Emergency Apparatus, rep-1,049.97; J. McKinstry, maint-180.00; Dale P. Nielsen, Maint-1,000.00; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-43.25; Nebr. City Fire/Rescue, trng-360.00; ASC Pumping, equip-3,868.00; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Egan Supply, maint-55.7l; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; EMS Billing, reimb-593.16; Blakes Pharmacy, sup-663.02; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-677.61; SCC, trng-170.55; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-772.06; Columbus Telegram, publ-41.24. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk